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Melton Hill Lake

Located on the Clinch River, Melton Hill Lake -- also known as Melton Hill Reservoir -- stretches almost 57 miles upstream along the Clinch from the Melton Hill Dam to Norris Dam. This reservoir is not used for flood control, unlike other Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) reservoirs. The lake is amenable to boating, swimming, and rowing and especially for fishing, since water level fluctuations are minimal.


Although Melton Hill Lake is "home to the Muskellunge" (muskie), state record fish caught in this lake include a 10-pound, 12-ounce saugeye in 1998 and a 28-pound, 12-ounce brown trout in 1988. A 60.5-pound striped bass caught in this lake once held the world record for landlocked stripers. Other game fish include crappie and bass. Currently, there is an advisory against eating any catfish from this lake.


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    Melton Hill Lake Tennessee Coordinates:
35.8853N -84.3000W
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Surface Area:
5,690 acres
Maximum Depth:
60+ ft
795 ft
Normal Water Clarity:
3-6 ft
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Boaters can gain access to Melton Hill Lake a boat ramp located above the Melton Hill Dam. Other ramps are located at Hickory Creek Park, Bull Run Creek Park, and at Lost Bottom Park, among other sites. One marina, located off Solway Ferry Road south of the Solway Park Boat Ramp, offers amenities to visitors and anglers. As one of the top regatta venues in the nation, the Oak Ridge Rowing Association makes this lake its home and hosts National Championship regattas as well as providing "Learn-to-Row, Adult (Master) and Youth (Junior)" lessons and programs.


Anderson County is filled with accommodations for visitors, including hotels and motels, cabins, condos, short-term rentals, campgrounds, and B&Bs. If you'd prefer to stay at a state park, Frozen Head State Park is lcoated about 32 miles north, providing twenty rustic camp sites and eleven backcountry sites. Melton Hill Lake also is not far from Knoxville, and that city provides a wide range of lodging choices.

Review the Lake Resource Guide for additional lodging.


Melton Hill Lake is located in Anderson County, Tennessee, about 27 miles from the heart of Knoxville. Other towns close by include Clinton, Lake City, Norris, Oak Ridge, and Oliver Springs.

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